Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Sep/1868) - Inauguration of the Town Council: Second Meeting

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INAUGURATION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL.

SECOND MEETING.

The adjourned meeting of the Town Council was held at the Town Hall, Ramsden Street, on Saturday afternoon, the Mayor (C.H. Jones, Esq.,) presiding. The following gentlemen were present:— Aldermen Wright Mellor, A. Crowther, J. Crosland, D. Binns, G. Scholes, N. Berry, J. Day, T. Denham, J. Priestley, D. Sykes, and John Crawshaw; and Councillors W. Lidster, C. Hirst, J. Woodhead, E.J.W. Waterhouse, A. Walker, B.H. Hattersley, John Fawcett, J. Hellawell, G. Arlom, R. Houghton, R. Holliday, J. Hadfield, W. Dale, A.B. Haigh, C. Crosland, Henry Hirst, jun., J. Eccles, J. Benson, I. Robson, W. White, J. Byram, J. Varley, J. Scholes, J. Stork, R. Appleton, J. Jordan, Henry Lister, and James Starkey.

The programme laid before the inaugural meeting, held on the previous Monday, was too lengthy to be exhausted on that occasion, and the remainder of the business was resumed on Saturday, when the committees were appointed, the duties of committees, bye-laws, and general instructions read; and discussion took place, amongst other subjects, on the transfer of the Improvement Commissioners’ powers, the water question, and the enlargement of the police force.

The Town Clerk read the minutes of the previous meeting.

INTRODUCTORY OBSERVATIONS BY THE MAYOR.

The Mayor, after a few apologetic remarks, in reference to his not being present exactly at the time, said—

I may state to you that the special committee were, I think, three hours at least in trying to put the material we were going to present to you, in form, last evening, and we have been another hour in reading over the duties this afternoon. It will save a little time, if I throw out a hint or two. It may shorten our discussion this afternoon, and, I think, economise our time. In the first place, I would say perhaps we have not strictly power to form the committees by selecting names, but it seemed to be a most desirable thing that we should do so. Then, again, we found, in doing so, we should have to make omissions. We have ascertained what number we thought best to adopt for the respective committees, but, inasmuch as there are about eight or ten members to be elected, it left several vacancies to be filled up when those gentlemen were duly elected. I do not want to say anything further; but, with respect to the duties assigned to the respective committees, I think — if you would allow me to suggest — that, as in both cases they will only be in force until the 9th November next, there should, therefore, be no alteration in the names. Should there be any dissatisfaction in the minds of the gentlemen elected on the committees for the time being, all those things, as well as the regulations suggested by our Town Clerk, can be amended at that time, and you will just have a couple of months to think over the matter, digest it to a better form, and introduce any improvements you may think necessary. I would say, with respect to the instructions of the committees and the members assigned to those committees, we have taken generally the plan of putting one member on two committees — each member of the Council has assigned to him a place on two committee — and I think we have not exceeded that plan except in one or two cases, where the necessity seemed to be impressed upon us, and the thing seemed to be desirable. That is the rule we have tried to adopt or recommend, and I hope it may be of service and acceptable to yourselves.

A list of the proposed committees was then handed round to each member, and it is as follows:—

List or Proposed Committees of Council.

1. Watch Committee.

Sub-committees: 1. Lighting. 2. Fire brigade. 3. Clothing and stores. 4. Hackney coach.

2. Paving, Drainage, and Works Committee.

Sub-committees: 1, Public streets, sewers, and improvements. 2. Private roads, drains, and improvements. 3. Building clauses. 4. Stores.

3. Sanitary Committee.

Sub-committees: 1. Nuisances. 2. Scavenging and stores. 3. Lodging houses.

4. Markets and Fairs Committee.

Sub-committee: 1. Covered market.

5. Burial Grounds Committee.

Sub-committees: 1. Central. 2. Districts.

6. Finance Committee.

Sub-committees: 1. Rates and estimates,. 2. Accountancy and audit. 8. Executive, offices and establishment.

7. District Highways Committee.

Sub-committees: 1st section, Marsh and Lindley. 2nd, Fartown, Deighton, and Bradley. 3rd, Moldgreen and Dalton. 4th, Lockwood. 5th, Almondbury and Newsome.

8. General Purposes Committee.

Chairmen and vice-chairmen.

9. Parliamentary Committee.

Chairman of each committee.

The Mayor continued — Allow me to say, gentlemen, the Town Clerk has adopted very much the plan which has been in operation under the Improvement Commissioners. Where he has made an alteration at all, he has supplemented some things which were not in the Improvement Commissioners proceedings, and that could not be introduced into the Improvement Commissioners proceedings. Where that has been the case, and we thought it best to make an improvement or alteration, the Town Clerk has sought for information from Leeds, Bradford, Derby, Halifax, and some other places; and he has, therefore, adopted what he thought best from the information obtained. You have the list of the proposed committee before you, and it will be taken as read.

The Town Clerk then read the minutes of the proceedings of the meeting of the special committee, held on Friday.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEES.

The Town Clerk said he would read the names of the members of the committees.

WATCH COMMITTEE.

The Worshipful the Mayor (Mr. C.H. Jones), Aldermen W. Mellor, H. Brooke, T.W. Clough, D. Sykes, John Crawshaw, Thomas Denham; and Councillors L. Robson, R. Houghton, E. Clayton, J. Woodhead, Henry Lister, W. White, Joseph Hirst, A.B. Haigh, W. Dale, B.H. Hattersley.

The Mayor — With regard to the Watch Committee, I think we adopted the principle of selecting, from what I call the inner circle of the wards in the town, two members as against one from the outside; and, again on the Highways Committee, the duties will devolve very much on the outside wards. In that case, we reverse the order, and take two from the outside against one from the inner wards. That plan, I believe, we thought would be most acceptable to yourselves.

PAVING, DRAINAGE, AND WORKS.

The Mayor, Aldermen James Crosland, G. Scholes, J. Priestley, and D. Binns; and Councillors Starkey, C. Crosland, A. Walker, W. Lidster, J. Fawcett, Henry Hirst, jun., Eccles, Benson, Holliday, Hadfield, Appleton, Byram, and Varley.

The Mayor — The rule as explained before, is adopted — more from the inner wards, and less from the outer wards, because they will have to deal more with the work of the town.

SANITARY COMMITTEE.

The Mayor, and Aldermen T.W. Clough, N. Berry, John Day; Councillors J. Jordan, J. Hadfield, J. Stork, J. Hellawell, C. Hirst, D. Calverley, James Scholes, and B.H. Hattersley.

The Mayor — Lockwood is left blank in that ward, because we do not know who may be elected.

Mr. Councillor Henry Hirst — How many are there?

The Town Clerk — Seventeen when the Council is filled up.

Mr. Alderman Crawshaw. — It strikes me there is no necessity to have such a large number of this committee, especially as it is much easier than any of the other committees.

The Mayor said it struck him that the committee did not intend such a large number. It had to deal with nuisances and health, and the principle of placing two members from each of the inner wards applied. If the number was found to be rather large they could alter it on the 9th November.

Mr. Councillor Robson — The outer wards require as much looking after as the inner wards.

Mr. Alderman Crawsraw — On sanitary matters?

Mr. Councillor Robson — Yes.

Mr., Alderman Crawsraw — Quite so.

MARKETS AND FAIRS COMMITTEE.

The Mayor and Aldermen T.W. Clough, T. Denham, and Councillors R. Skilbeck, J. Hirst, E. Clayton, J. Byram, W. Dale, and E.J.W. Waterhouse.

The Mayor remarked that with regard to this committee they had left blanks for the representatives of the West Ward, North Ward, Fartown Ward, and Lockwood, to be filled in hereafter.

BURIAL GROUNDS COMMITTEE.

The Mayor and Alderman Priestley, and Councillors W. Lidster, J. Fawcett, R. Houghton, R. Holliday, R. Appleton, Charles Hirst, G. Arlom, J. Benson, Joseph Hirst, and W. White.

The Mayor — We have the West Ward to fill in.

Mr. Alderman Sykes said the Burial Ground Committee was a very easy committee; and there was really little or no business of any importance for it to do, and there was also the Markets Committee. They could do with reducing those committees, if there was a reason given for it — that was to say if some of the gentlemen found they were in too many committees, He understood they were only on two committees each?

The Town Clerk — As a rule.

The will be many urgent matters requiring immediate attention, and necessitating the members of the committee being sought up instantly, so that they can sign certificates and do other business of that sort; and, unless you have a large committee for the business, you cannot get a sufficient number in time to justify the proceedings being commenced. (Hear, hear.) Then, again, I think I am right in saying there is a small burial ground attached to one of the outer wards.

Mr. Councillor Robson — Almondbury.

The Mayor — So that it is very much better to err on the right side as a temporary expedient or experiment.

Mr. Councillor Houghton — For information, I wish to ask a question on that subject. We have a burial ground at Almondbury; and it is now governed by a separate and distinct Board. It has not been under the cognisance of the Local Board there; and I wish to ask whether it will now be brought under the Corporation, as I infer, from your statement, is probable?

The Town Clerk — We have put two members of the Almondbury Ward upon this list, in order to consider the arrangements to be made in reference to that burial ground.

Mr. Councillor Houghton — To consider the arrangements to be made with reference to it. Oh, very well.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

The Mayor, and Aldermen Wright Mellor, H. Brooke, Alfred Crowther, T.W. Clough, James Crosland, D. Sykes, J. Crawshaw, J. Day, and Councillors J. Woodhead, R. Appleton, J. Varley, R. Skilbeck, E.J.W. Waterhouse, and J. Stork.

The Mayor — We have left blanks for the South Ward and West Ward to be filled up when the members are completed.

DISTRICT HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE.

The Mayor, Aldermen H. Brooke, A. Crowther, James Crosland, D. Binns, G. Scholes, N. Berry, and Councillors J. Starkey, A.B. Haigh, C. Crosland, A. Walker, J. Eccles, W. Lidster, J. Byram, R. Houghton, H. Hirst, jun.

The Town Clerk mentioned that, on this committee, there were 14 representatives of the outer wards, and eleven representatives of the inner wards.

GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

The Town Clerk stated that this committee would be composed of the mayor, and the chairmen and if the vice-chairmen, for the time being, of the several committees.

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE.

The mayor and chairmen and vice-chairmen, for the time being, of the several committees are members of this committee.

The Mayor — That completes the list, gentlemen; and now’s the time to make any remarks that may be made on the subject.

After a pause

The Mayor said, if no member of the Council intended to say anything, they would proceed to the reading of the duties of the committees.

Mr. Councillor Holliday — If the names of the members of the committees were before the Council, they would be better able to form an opinion—

The Mayor (to Mr. Holliday, who had spoken indistinctly) — What, sir?

Mr. Councillor Holliday — If we had the names before us we should be better able to form an opinion as to their eligibility to be put on more committees. I think it would be very desirable if we had the names of each committee before us.

The Mayor — It is not possible to have that. We only just closed our proceedings before we came up here. To adopt your plan we should have had them printed.

Mr. Alderman W. Mellor — I think the suggestion made by the mayor at the commencement — that, if anything be defective, it may be rectified in November — ought to be satisfactory at present. We are only initiating, and six or eight weeks will allow time to get the machinery into operation.

The Mayor — I may say that we have endeavoured to make the selections to the best of our judgment — (hear, hear) — in accordance with what we thought would be the wishes of the gentlemen put down on the respective committees. It has been very fairly, candidly, and openly discussed; and I believe we have arrived at as safe a conclusion as we could under the circumstances. We may err — I dare say we have done — but we have no desire to prevent any gentleman from being in his proper sphere of duty and responsibility, nor to make any exception in any way whatever. We knew we were performing an invidious task; but we hoped you would excuse us, in order that we might get the Council and all its proceedings properly consolidated at as early a date as possible. A suggestion has been made by Mr. H. Hirst, and it is a very excellent one. That is, you should hear the regulations, or whatever I may term them, read, and then listen to the committee again for that special duty, so that you will, by that time, have them pretty well in your recollection. We could then pass them separately, if it be your pleasure to do so. (Hear, hear.)

POWERS AND DUTIES OF COMMITTEES.

The Town Clerk then read

WATCH COMMITTEE.

1 — To execute and perform all the powers and duties given to or imposed upon such Committee or the Council, with respect to a borough police force or constabulary, by any law or statute affecting Municipal Corporations, and to execute and carry out all orders or bye-laws of the Council in this department.
2 — To have the management and control of all fire engines and apparatus belonging to the borough. To superintend the providing, maintenance, and replacement of fire engines and apparatus. To appoint and dismiss firemen, and officers of the fire brigade under the rank of superintendent. To make regulations for the government of the fire brigade. To regulate and decide upon their wages and allowances, gratuities and rewards for exertions in cases of fire. To fix the charges for the services or attendance of fire engines, apparatus, or firemen beyond the limits of the borough or otherwise, and generally to carry out the powers of all statutes applicable to the borough, in relation to the prevention and extinguishment of fires.
3 — To execute the powers and provisions of the various statutes applicable to the borough in relation to hackney coaches and the drivers thereof. To prepare and submit bye-laws and regulations for such hackney coaches and drivers, and to execute and enforce such bye-laws and regulations when confirmed. To graut and renew, revoke or suspend licenses to hackney coach proprietors and drivers.
4 — To fix the numbers, positions, and descriptions of all public lamps, and the time or times of lighting the same. To contract with gas companies or gas makers for the supply of gas to the public lamps. To provide all requisite lamps, lamp pillars, stores, and appendages, and to enter into contracts for the same. To employ such persons as they shall from time to time deem necessary to light and extinguish the public lamps, and generally to have the superintence of the lighting department of the borough, and to carry out all orders and resolutions of the Council in reference thereto.
5 — To execute the powers and provisions of the statutes 23 and 24 Victoria, c. 139, and 25 and 26 Victoria, c. 66, and of all other statutes applicable to the borough in relation to gunpowder, percussion caps, ammunition, fireworks, petroleum, and other explosive preparations or compositions, and to grant licenses thereunder.
6 — For all or any of the above purposes, to have power to order the corporate common seal of the borough to be affixed to notices, licenses, contracts, and other documents.
7 — To examine and certify the accounts in the several above-mentioned departments for the Finance Committee, and to authorise by resolution the Finance Committee to draw cheques or orders upon the treasurer for the payment of wages, allowances, and current expenses incurred. To prepare the estimates for, and to manage and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure of, the several above-mentioned departments during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Councillor C. Hirst moved that the members of the Council whose names are given above be appointed the Watch Committee, three of whom constitute a quorum, with the powers recorded above.

Mr. Alderman J. Crosland seconded the motion, and it was carried.

PAVING, DRAINAGE, AND WORKS COMMITTEE.

To execute and perform within the five inner wards of the said borough corresponding with the limits of the Huddersfield Improvement Act, 1848, namely, the West Ward, the North Ward, the Central Ward, the East Ward, and the South Ward, all the powers and duties which, under any general statutes or otherwise, devolve upon the Council, or upon the Council as Local Board or as trustees under any Local Act or Acts of Parliament in executing the office of surveyors of highways, and to transact all business relating thereto.
To be the sewer authority of the borough, within the said five inner wards thereof, and to execute and carry into effect the powers and provisions of all statutes in force in the borough, having reference to sewerage and drainage, including the laying out of sewerage districts, subject, nevertheless, to the general and special directions of the Council from time to time made in reference thereto.
To have the charge, management, and superintendence of all streets, roads, and public drains and sewers within the said five inner wards of the borough, and to do all such acts and adopt such proceedings as shall be requisite for carrying into effect and compelling performance of the provisions of all or any statutes in force in the borough relating to the freeing from obstructions, levelling, paving, draining, repairing, and otherwise completing with footways, gutters, sinks, drains, sewers, and watercourses all present and future streets, ways, lanes, and passages and places or portions thereof respectively within the said five inner wards of the borough.
To have the management and control of any quarry or quarries belonging to or worked by or on behalf of the Corporation for such district, and to enter into contracts in reference thereto, and for the supplying of stones, dross, and other materials for carrying on the works ordered by the committee.
To order and give the requisite written consents or directions for sewers or drains to be made to communicate with or to be emptied into any sewer of the said Council, within the said district, or to the erection or building of vaults, arches, or cellars over any such sewer. To give the written consent for displacing the pavements of streets when applied for. Also to give the notices in writing required by any statute to the owners and occupiers of premises fronting private streets and roads. To repair, sewer, level, pave, flag, or channel the same. To give the requisite notices in writing declaring a street to be a highway. To give the requisite directions for the construction, laying down, or communication of drains of houses and premises to and into the public sewers within the said district.
To order and direct the painting or affixing of names of streets and the numbering of houses, warehouses, shops, and buildings within the said district.
To receive the report of the borough surveyor as to the necessity of carrying any sewer in, through, or under any lands in the said district, and thereupon, if considered expedient, to cause notices to be given to enable the Council to carry such sewer into, through, or under such lands, and to negotiate, settle, and adjust with owners and other persons interested therein as to the carrying of any sewer into, through, or under such lands.
To act for and on behalf of the Council in the said district in approving or disapproving proposed new streets, houses, buildings, and works, and in otherwise carrying into effect the provisions of all or any statutes relating to proposed new streets, houses, buildings, and works. Also in fixing and determining the levels of new streets and sewers, and to affix the corporate common seal to any approval, disapproval, notices, consents, dissents, plans, drawings, or other documents, in pursuance of or in connexion with the provisions of such statutes, und to carry into effect the bye-laws made by the Council with reference to such matters.
To require any house or building, any part of which projects beyond the regular line of the street, or beyond the front of the house or building on either side thereof, and which has been taken down to be rebuilt or altered, to be set backward to or towards the line of the street or the line of the adjoining houses or buildings.
To appoint and employ a sufficient number of workmen, inspectors, and servants for the execution of the works ordered by the committee, to fix and determine their wages and allowances, to advertise for tenders, and to let and enter into contracts for all or any of such works.
For all or any of the above purposes to have power to order the corporate common seal of the borough to be affixed to notices, licenses, contracts, or other documents.
To examine and certify the accounts of this department for the Finance Committee, and to authorise, by resolution, the Finance Committee to draw cheques or orders upon the treasurer for the payment of wages, allowances, and current expenses incurred; to prepare the estimates for this department, and to manage and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure of this department during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Alderman Mellor moved the appointment of this committee, five members of whom constitute a quorum, with the above powers.

Mr. Alderman Sykes seconded the motion, and it was carried.

The Mayor — I may state that, in this case, being a large committee, the quorum is five; where the committee is small the quorum is three.

SANITARY COMMITTEE.

To execute and perform, in the name and on behalf of the Council, all the powers and duties of the Council under or by virtue of any statute or statutes in force in the borough, or otherwise relating to the health or sanitary condition of the borough or its inhabitants, and the removal or suppression of nuisances, and for all or any of such purposes to be the “nuisance authority” of the borough. To devise plans for, and have the management of the scavenging and cleansing of the streets and roads, the removal and disposal of night soil and refuse. To adopt and execute summarily any stringent measures which they may deem expedient in the event of epidemic disease appearing in or threatening the borough. To take such steps as may be necessary for preventing the spreading of infectious or contagious diseases.
To receive and give notices, and to give the requisite authorities for proceedings before justices or otherwise against any person or persons in respect of nuisances, and in all respects execute and carry out the powers and provisions of the Nuisances Removal Act, 1855, the Sanitary Act, 1866, and all or any other statutes in force in the borough relating to nuisances and health, or with respect to drains, water closets, privies, cesspools, ashpits, ponds, pools, open ditches, streams, and places containing or used for the collection of any drainage, filth, water, or thing of an offensive nature and likely to be prejudicial to health, or as to the removal of any swine or pigstye in any dwelling-house, or from any place where swine are kept so as to be a nuisance, or for the removal of any waste or stagnant water within any cellar or dwelling-house, and to abate or cause to be abated every such nuisance.
To perform all the duties devolving upon or exercisable by the Council under the Sanitary Act, 1866, or otherwise relative to the suppression or abatement of the smoke nuisance.
To manage and superintend the Model Lodging House, and to have the superintendence and control of all common lodging houses in the borough, and from time to time to fix the number of lodgers to be accommodated in such common lodging houses, and to make regulations for the keeping of registers and otherwise as to the conduct of such houses as may appear necessary for improving the sanitary condition of the inmates, and for promoting cleanliness and health, and generally to do and perform all and singular the duties, acts, and purposes which the Council are by the Common Lodging Houses Act, 1851, and the Common Lodging Houses Act, 1853, or otherwise required, directed, or empowered to do and perform with reference thereto.
To give the requisite notices in writing, and otherwise carry out the provisions of any statute in force in the borough respecting the whitewashing, cleansing, or purifying, as the case may require, any house or part thereof which may be reported to be in a filthy or unwholesome condition, so as to endanger the health of any person thereby; also with reference to the hours of labour or employment of women and children.
For all or any of the above purposes to appoint and employ an inspector or inspectors of nuisances, an officer of health, and a sufficient number of scavengers, or to contract with any company or other persons to employ scavengers, or for the emptying of privies and cesspools, and to fix from time to time the salaries and wages or remuneration to be paid to such scavengers and other persons so employed.
For all or any of the above purposes to have power to order the corporate common seal of the borough to be affixed to notices, licenses, contracts, and other documents.
To examine and certify the accounts of this department for the Finance Committee, and to authorise by resolution the Finance Committee to draw cheques or orders upon the treasurer for the payment of wages, allowances, and current expenses incurred. To prepare the estimates for this department, and to manage and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure of this department during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Councillor Waterhouse moved the appointment of the committee, three of whom constitute a quorum, with the foregoing powers and duties.

Mr. Councillor J. Woodhead seconded the motion.

Mr. Alderman Crowther — Ought not five to be the quorum of this committee.

Mr. Alderman Mellor — All except large committees are to have three for a quorum.

The Town Clerk — It was only in reference to the District Highway and the Paving and Drainage Committees that five were thought to be the necessary quorum.

The Mayor — It is at your pleasure to say three or five; but the Special Committee thought three.

Mr. Councillor Robson — I should have thought this committee was one which involves some difficult questions rather; and five will be better for a quorum than three.

Mr. Alderman Crawshaw — From my experience of this, I do not think it is at all necessary to have five. You will find it is merely routine business, and nothing of very great importance to come on. If there is, it will come before the town Council. I do net think it desirable to make it five. You will find it much better having a less number, because, in all probability, you will have difficulty in getting the number up to five. I should recommend you to have it three.

The Mayor — How do we stand?

Mr. Councillor Fawcett —My experience of this committee is such that I certainly think five little enough. I certainly say five.

Mr. Councillor Stork — If it be difficult sometimes to get three, perhaps it would be better to have the number five. (Laughter.) I think there is a good deal of work for that committee; and I move that the quorum be formed of five of the members.

Mr. Councillor Holliday seconded the motion.

Mr. Councillor Henry Hirst, jun., said he remembered that, at the Improvement Commissioners Board, there had been difficulty in getting three of a quorum. A small quorum does not prevent members of the committee from attending the meetings, but a large quorum did prevent business being carried on, if the required number did not attend. He was sure they would find three to work better than five; but, if other members thought proper to attend, they could do so.

The Mayor — As a general rule, the duties of this committee, I apprehend, will be very light. It will only be on special occasions, when some important cases come before the committee, that the whole of the members would require to be brought together.

Mr. Councillor Lidster — It is a very important committee, and it has found us (Improvement Commissioners) work for two or three hours.

Mr. Councillor Henry Hirst — You can get on better with a small number.

Mr. Councillor Lidster — I think five should be the number for a quorum.

Mr. Councillor Woodhead — There is some force in what Mr. Hirst said about having three for a quorum. It does not prevent five attending, but the three, when you have not five, may go home without doing business. If the other gentlemen feel interested, they will attend; and I think we had better take Mr. Hirst’s suggestion or motion.

Mr. Councillor Stork—I shall have pleasure in withdrawing my motion. (Hear, hear.) Some of the Councillors have had more experience in the matter, and I shall give way to them in the matter.

Mr. Alderman Sykes — It strikes me the observations of our friend Mr. Lidster go to prove that three would be better. If the duties of this committee are onerous, as a matter of course it is the greater reason that the business should be conducted, or carried on; and if the number of five is fixed as a quorum it is quite possible the business may be stayed. On the other hand, three of quorum might attend tolerably regularly; and they would facilitate business rather than be a drag upon it.

The Mayor — Perhaps you had better let it stand over until November next; and then you can amend it, if necessary. (Hear, hear.)

The motion for three was then passed.

MARKETS AND FAIRS COMMITTEE.

To execute all the powers and duties of the Council, and of the Council as Local Board, and as trustees under the Huddersfield Improvement Act, or in any other capacity with reference to the management and control of markets and fairs within the borough, the regulation of weights and measures, and the establishment of weighing machines or weigh bridges, cattle markets, or slaughter-houses.
To consider and report from time to time to the Council the measures necessary to be adopted for the acquisition, construction, improvement, extension, enlargement, removal, or otherwise of markets, fairs, cattle market, fair grounds, or slaughter-houses in the borough.
To appoint and fix the days, times, and hours of holding markets or fairs; to fix the various stallages, rates, and tolls to be from time to time taken for the same; to alter ard vary from time to time such stallages, rates, and tolls as shall be considered expedient; to consider and report to the Council as to the bye-laws, rules, and regulations to be from time to time adopted for the good government of markets and fairs, or slaughter-houses, and to carry out and enforce the same when adopted and confirmed.
To be the local authority under any Orders in Council or statute relating to cattle plague or cattle disease, and to carry out all the powers conferred on the Council as such local authority, subject to such alterations and regulations as the Council shall, from time to time, impose.
For all or any of the above purposes to have power to order the corporate common seal of the borough to be affixed to notices, licenses, contracts, and other documents.
To have the appointment and control of the inspector or inspector’s officers and servants required in this department, and the fixing of their wages and allowances.
To examine and certify the accounts of this department for the Finance Committee, and to authorise, by resolution, the Finance Committee to draw cheques or orders upon the treasurer for the payment of wages, allowances, and current expenses incurred; to prepare the estimates for this department, and to manage and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure of this department during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Councillor Robson moved that the foregoing be the duties and powers of the committee, and that three should form a quorum.

Mr. Councillor white seconded the motion; and it was adopted.

BURIAL GROUNDS COMMITTEE.

To execute and perform all the powers and duties of the Council, under the statutes relating to the burial of the dead in England, beyond the limits of the metropolis, and also under the Huddersfield Burial Ground Acts.
To have the charge and management of the public burial grounds established, and to be established, in the borough, and of the maintenance and regulation thereof.
To consider and submit to the Council, bye-laws and regulations for the government of such burial grounds, and to carry out and enforce such bye-laws and regulations when adopted and confirmed.
To grant licenses for interments and otherwise, under any statutes empowering the Council thereto.
To have the charge and superintendence of the plans of burial grounds in the borough, and of the registers of deaths and burials therein, and to cause such registers of deaths, and of the causes thereof, so far as ascertainable, to be accurately kept, also to take due precautions for the preservation of the burial ground plans and registers.
To have the appointment and control of the officers, workmen, and servants, in this department, and the fixing of their respective salaries, wages, and allowances.
For all or any of the above purposes to have power to order the Corporate Common Seal of the borough to be affixed to notices, licenses, contracts, and other documents.
To examine and certify the accounts of this department for the Finance Committee, and to authorise the Finance Committee to draw cheques or orders upon the treasurer for the payment of wages, allowances, and current expenses incurred.
To prepare the estimates for this department, and to manage and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure of this department, during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Alderman Berry moved the adoption of the above duties, and that three form the quorum of the committee.

Mr. Councillor Varley seconded the motion, and it was adopted.

FINANCE COMMITTEE.

To procure estimates of expenditure from the several other committees and to prepare the general estimates of expenditure and take all other proceedings, preliminary to the fixing and laying by the Council, of all borough, watch, improvement, general and special district, general and special sewer, burial ground, private improvement, drainage, and other rates, and to order and direct notices of proceedings for enforcing payment of such rates when made and of accounts due to the committee. To engage and discharge, direct and control the collectors of rates and accounts, and to determine the security to be taken from each.
To execute all the powers and duties of the Council with respect to applications for abatements from or amendments, or alterations on all or any of the said rates or assessments, and in the name and as the act of the Council to make amendments or alterations in any of such rates or assessments in such manner, and to such extent as the Council are by law empowered to do. To hear and determine applications to be excused payment of any rates in whole or part, and to compound with owners of cottages and dwelling-houses for payment of a sum less than the whole of any rate pursuant to any authority in anywise enabling the Council in that behalf.
To make orders in writing upon the treasurer for the payment of the salaries of the various officers of the Council, and also upon the recommendation of the respective committees for the payment of the weekly and other wages of the workmen employed in the several departments (except the wages of the policemen which are required by law to be paid by the Watch Committee) and to make all other orders upon the treasurer for the payment of money on account of the mayor, aldermen, and burgesses, and also on their account as Local Board, or as trustees under any Local Act, or in any other capacity such orders to be signed by three members of the committee and countersigned by the town clerk.
To examine and pass the accounts sent in from the various other committees and to make orders in writing, signed as above mentioned, for such accounts when passed by the Council. To make orders in writing, signed as above mentioned, upon the treasurer for the payment of such money as may be recommended by any committee of the Council to be paid to contractors in their respective departments on account of contract work authorised by the Council; also for the payment of all rents, rates, taxes, charges, interest, or other outgoings due from the Council in respect of the occupation of any offices or premises or by virtue of any deed or instrument under seal or contract in writing, and for all monies directed by resolution of the Council to be paid out of any of the funds of the borough or at the disposition of the Council acting as Local Board or in any other capacity.
To negotiate all loans of money which may from time to time be ordered by the Council, or by Council acting as a Local Board or as trustees or commissioners under any Local Act to be raised by mortgage, and to direct the preparation and issue of mortgages, debentures, interest, coupons, and other securities for loans, when accepted by Council.
To direct and superintend the payment and keeping of all accounts. To manage and control the general offices and establishment, and the accountants and office clerks of the corporation.
To provide and have charge of the furniture and fittings of the corporate offices.
To examine and check the vouchers for payments and to superintend the audit thereof.
To provide the printing and stationery required by the Council and by its committees and officers in the various departments, to receive estimates and to enter into contracts for the same or part thereof. To select annually the printers and other tradesmen to be employed by the Council, and also from time to time
To determine the newspapers wherein advertisements are to be inserted.
To execute and carry out in the name and on behalf of the Council, all resolutions and instructions of the Council, from time to time, given with reference to rates, finances, or accounts.
To have the appointment and control of the clerks, workmen, and servants in this department, and the fixing of their salaries, wages, and allowances.
For all or any of the above purposes to have power to order the corporate common seal of the borough to be affixed to notices, contracts, and other documents.
To prepare the estimates for this department: and to manage

and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure of this department, during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Councillor A. Walker moved the adoption of the committee (three forming a quorum), and the duties appertaining to it.

Mr. Councillor A. B. Haigh seconded the motion; and it was carried.

Mr. Councillor Appleton — If there is one committee more than another which I should like to be on, it is the Finance Committee.

The Mayor — I think you were not here when I announced that the committee which had been sitting downstairs had been endeavouring to apportion the work to each committee, so as not to put any gentleman on more than two committees. To change one, we shall have to alter the principle. I explained, before you came in, if it was consistent with the feelings of the Council, it would be much better to let matters stand as they are until the November next, until we get into some shape.

Mr. Councillor Appleton — I find I am on the Interments Committee. I have never been on the Interments Committee; and, if any gentleman will exchange, and put me on the Finance Committee, I should prefer it.

My. Councillor C. Hirst, being on the Burial Ground Committee and the Sanitary Committee, said he would make way for Mr. Appleton on the Finance Committee.

Mr. Councillor Houghton — I think if you begin to make alterations you will get into difficulties. I am on three myself, and my friend here is only on one, but it is not worthwhile, for two months or so, making any objection. We can rectify the thing in November, and I think we had better go on with business.

The Town Clerk — The exchange is made by consent. Mr. Hirst is to be taken off the Finance Committee, and Mr. Appleton put on. Mr. Appleton will yet remain on the Interments Committee.

DISTRICT, HIGHWAYS, AND IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE.

To execute and perform within the seven outer wards of the said borough — namely, the Marsh Ward, the Fartown Ward, the Dalton, Bradley, and Deighton Ward, the Moldgreen Ward, the Lockwood Ward, the Almondbury and Newsome Ward, and the Lindley-cum-Quarmby Ward — all the powers and duties which, under any general statutes or otherwise, devolve upon the Council, or upon the Council as Local Board, or as trustees under any local act in executing the office of surveyors of highways, and to transact all business relating thereto.
To be the sewer authority of the borough within the district of the said seven outer wards, and to execute and carry into effect within the same district the provisions of all statutes in force in the borough having reference to the sewerage and drainage, including the laying out of sewerage districts, subject, nevertheless, to the general and special directions of the Council from time to time made in reference thereto.
To have the charge, management, and superintendence of all streets, roads, and public drains and sewers within the said district of the borough, and to do all such acts, and adopt such proceedings, as shall be requisite for carrying into effect and compelling the performance of the several provisions of all, or any, statutes in force in the borough relating to the freeing from obstructions, levelling, paving, draining, repairing, and otherwise completing with footways, gutters, sinks, drains, sewers, and watercourses all present and future streets, ways, lanes, passages, and places, or portions thereof, respectively, within the said district of the seven outer wards of the borough.
To have the management and control of any quarry or quarries belonging to, or worked by or on behalf of, the Corporation for such district, and to enter into contracts in reference thereto, and for the supplying of stones, dross, and other materials necessary for carrying on the works ordered by the committee.
To order and give the requisite written consents or directions for any sewers or drains to be made to communicate with, or to be emptied into, any sewer of the said Council within the said district, or to the erection or building of vaults, arches, or cellars over any such sewer. To give the written consent for displacing the pavements of streets when applied for, also to give the notices in writing required by any statute to be given to owners and occupiers of premises, fronting private streets and roads, to repair, sewer, level, pave, flag, or channel the same. To give the requisite notices in writing declaring a street to be a highway. To five the requisite directions as to the construction, laying down, or communications of drains of houses and premises to and unto the public sewers within the said district.
To order and direct the painting or affixing of names of streets, and the numbering of houses, warehouses, shops, and buildings within the said district.
To receive the report of the borough surveyor as to the necessity of carrying any sewer in, through, or under any lands in the said district, and thereupon, if considered expedient, to cause notices to be given to enable the Council to carry such sewer into, through, or under such lands, and to negotiate, settle, and adjust with owners and other persons interested therein as to the carrying of any sewer into, through, or under such lands.
To act for and on behalf of the Council in the said district, in approving or disapproving proposed new streets, houses, buildings, and works, and in otherwise carrying into effect the provisions of all or any statute relating to proposed new streets, houses, buildings, and works. Also, in fixing and determining the levels of new streets and sewers, and to affix the corporate common seal to any approval, disapproval, notices, consents, dissents, plans, drawings, or other documents, in pursuance of or in connection with the provisions of such statutes, and to carry into effect the Byelaws made by the Council with reference to such matters.
To require any house or building, any part of which projects beyond the regular line of the street, or beyond the front of the house or building on either side thereof, and which has been taken down to be rebuilt or altered, to be set backwards to or towards the line of the street, or the line of the adjoining houses or buildings.
To have the direction and management of the several subjects of expenditure, mentioned in the estimates of expenditure for this department, during the continuance of such committee in office.
To appoint and employ a sufficient number of workmen, inspectors, and servants for the execution of the works ordered by the committee, to fix and determine their wages and allowances, to advertise for tenders and to let and enter into contracts for all or any of such works.
For all or any of the above purposes, to have power to order the corporate common seal of the Borough to be affixed to notices, licenses, contracts, or other documents.
To examine and certify the accounts of this department for the Finance Committee, and to authorise, by resolution, the Finance Committee to draw cheques or orders upon the treasurer for the payment of wages, allowances, and current expenses incurred, to prepare the estimates for this department, and to manage and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure for this department during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Councillor Holliday moved the appointment of this committee, with three to form a quorum, and the foregoing duties and powers.

Mr. Councillor dale seconded the motion, and it was carried.

THE GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE.

To make the general arrangements for effectually carrying out the provisions of the Municipal and other Acts of Parliament affecting the borough. To transact all business which may arise from time to time and which cannot be conveniently postponed until the then next following meeting of council. To attend to all matters relating to the administration of justice within the borough. To transact all business of a general character not specially referred to any other committee appointed by the Council. To be the consulting committee of the Town Clerk and of every other committee in cases of emergency. To watch all notices of bills in Parliament affecting the interests entrusted to the corporation and if needful to present in the name of the Council petitions to Parliament for or against such bills and to support or oppose such bills or to appoint deputations to confer with the promoters and to make such arrangements as they may consider best calculated to protect and secure the public interests. To give their attention to the subject of any local Act or Acts of Parliament it may be necessary or desirable to obtain for the better government or for the improvement or extension of the borough, or otherwise in relation thereto; and to report thereon from time to time to the Council and to carry out the instructions of the Council with reference to such applications to Parliament and also with reference to any other matter specially referred to this committee by the Council. To fulfil all duties not specified or allotted to the other committees which may devolve upon the Council by the general law affecting municipal corporations or by any present or future statutes affecting the borough. To have the management and control of the several subjects of expenditure referred to in the estimate of the General Purposes department of the year or which may be mentioned in any other such estimate which may be made during the continuance of the said committee in office,
For all or any of the purposes above mentioned to have power to order the corporate common seal of the borough to be affixed to notices, plans, petitions, or other documents.
To examine and certify the accounts of this department of the Finance Committee. To prepare the estimates of expenditure of this department of the Parliamentary Committee, and to manage and direct the expenditure mentioned in the estimates of expenditure of this department during the continuance of the committee in office.

Mr. Alderman Priestley moved that the mayor, chairmen, and vice-chairmen of the several committees be appointed the General Purposes Committee, three of whom constitute a quorum, with the powers and duties above described.

Mr. Councillor Arlom seconded the motion and it wascarried.

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE.

To be the executive of the Council and of the General Purposes Committee, and to carry out their instructions in reference to the promotion of any bill or bills in Parliament directed to be applied for by the Council. Also in opposing any bill or bills which the Council may deem it desirable to oppose. Also in obtaining amendments or clauses in any bill or bills, in which amendments or clauses are considered desirable to be obtained, affecting the interests of the Corporation.

Mr. Councillor hattersley moved the appointment of that committee, three of whom constitute a quorum, with the preceding powers, duties, and instructions.

Mr. Councillor Benson seconded the motion, and it was carried.

COUNCIL BYE-LAWS, STANDING ORDERS, AND GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS.

The Town Clerk said the next business would be to consider the Council bye-laws, standing orders, and general instructions to committees.

Bye-laws of the Council of the Borough of Huddersfield.

1 — That any person duly qualified, who shall be elected to the office of alderman, councillor, auditor or assessor, and every alderman or councillor who shall be elected to the office of mayor for the borough of Huddersfield aforesaid, who shall not accept such office to which he shall have been elected, shall pay to the mayor, aldermen, and burgesses of the said borough the fine of ten pounds in case of councillors, auditors, or assessors; the fine of twenty pounds in case of alderman, and the fine of fifty pounds in case of mayor.
2 — That every such person so elected, who shall not accept such office by making and subscribing the declaration mentioned in the 50th section of the Act of 5 and 6 William IV., cap. 76, entitled, “An Act to provide for the Regulation of Municipal Corporations in England and Wales,” within five days after the notice of his election, shall be liable to pay the same fine as for his non-acceptance of such office.

The Town clerk said these byelaws were made pursuant to the Act.

The Mayor — The Corporation of Halifax, I think, modified it to the smaller form, as given above.

The Town Clerk said the committee had adopted, in case of non-acceptance of office, a fine of £10 for a councillor, auditor, or assessor; £20 for an alderman; and £50 for the mayor. At Leeds the maximum sum had been adopted — namely, £50 for councillor or alderman, and £100 for the mayor.

Mr. Alderman W. Mellor moved the adoption of the byelaws.

Alderman Crosland seconded the motion; and it was carried.

STANDING ORDERS OF THE COUNCIL OF THC BOROUGH OF HUDDERSFIELD.

Meetings of Council.

1 — That strangers be permitted to attend in that part of the Council Room provided for their accommodation at all meetings of the Council, and to report and publish its proceedings, unless specially excluded by a vote of the Council during any portion or the whole of any meeting. That each member of the Council have power to admit by ticket, on the above conditions, not more than one stranger, and that the Mayor have power to introduce not more than three strangers.
2 — That the Town Clerk place, upon the paper of notice and summons for each meeting of the Council, notices of all business which, in his judgment, requires to be brought before the Council, and of all other business whereof notice in writing signed by a member of the Council, has been delivered at his office in due time — the first-mentioned notices to stand in the name and subject to the approval of the Mayor, — the last-mentioned in the names of the persons whose signatures are attached thereto.
3 — That the Town Clerk, in arranging the notices of business upon the notice paper, place first those which are in the Mayor’s name, and afterwards all others in the order in which they have been delivered to the Town Clerk, who shall number and date them as received.
4 — That, in order to give every facility for the due issuing of summonses to members of the Council by the Town Clerk, the notice paper be closed at twelve o’clock at noon of the day next preceding the day for summoning the meeting of the Council, and any communication received by the Mayor after the closing of the notice paper which he intends to be submitted to the Council, shall be placed upon a supplemental notice paper, which shall be read by the Town Clerk immediately after reading the minutes of the previous meeting, and then laid on the table.
6 — That, at all the meetings of the Council, the Town Clerk shall read in the first place the minutes of the last preceding Council meeting, that he shall then state what letters, petitions, memorials, or documents he has received since the last meeting relating to the business of the Council, and shall read such of them as he may think necessary, or as any member of the Council may call for.
7 — That, after the minutes of the last preceding meeting and such communications to the Mayor or Town Clerk as are thought necessary have been read, members of the Council may ask any question of the Town Clerk, through the Mayor, which has reference to the minutes or communications read, or of which notice has been given to the Town Clerk in writing on a previous day, but no discussion shall be permitted prior to the Council entering upon the business of the day, except upon motion made upon a notice in accordance with rule 3, which notice shall set forth at length any resolution proposed be rescinded or varied, and the one to be proposed with reference thereto, if any. The business of the day shall then be taken in the order in which it stands upon the notice paper, and any business, of which no notice has been given, afterwards. But the Council may nevertheless by a vote direct, or, with the consent of the person or persons entitled to precedence, permit the order of precedence to be changed.
8 — That the votes upon all questions shall be taken by show of hands, except in cases where the law otherwise directs, and except that on the demand of the proposer and seconder of any proposition or amendment, the votes shall be recorded, and in that case they shall be taken by a call of the names of the members of Council present, and by their votes for or against being entered on the minutes.
9 — That no propositions or amendments be voted upon, or entertained by, the Council but such as have been moved and seconded and delivered to the Mayor or Chairman in writing, signed by the mover, and that no proposition so received be withdrawn unless by leave of the Council.
10 — That, when an amendment is moved upon a proposition, no second amendment shall be moved or taken into consideration until the first amendment is disposed of.
That, if a first amendment be carried, it shall displace the original proposition and become itself the question, whereupon any further amendments may be moved in succession as above-mentioned.
That, if the first amendment be negatived, then others may be moved in succession upon the original question under consideration, but so that only one amendment shall be submitted to the Council for discussion at one time, and after the disposal of all amendments the question shall ultimately be put upon the original or amended proposition, as the case may be, in order to its being passed or negatived as a resolution.
11 — That members of Council shall not speak more than once to the same motion, except in explanation, or the mover of a proposition in reply, which reply shall conclude the discussion, and in such reply he shall not be allowed to introduce any new matter.
12 — That, on an amendment being moved, no member of the Council who has spoken on the original question shall speak again thereon, except in explanation, or the mover thereof in reply, until the amendment has been put and has become the amended proposition before the Council.
13 — That, when discussion shall arise upon amended propositions, the mover of the amendment which has displaced the original proposition may speak in reply, and so in like manner with respect to any further and displacing amendments.
14 — That the Council may by a vote resolve itself into a committee of the whole Council, and while in committee there shall not be any restriction as to the number of times that a member of the Council may speak to the question.
15 — That the business under any notice upon the notice paper shall not be proceeded with in the absence of the member of Council in whose name it stands, unless be have given in writing his authority and consent that it should be taken up by some other member of the Council, or it be business which, by law, the Council must transact.
16 — That no protest or expression of dissent be allowed to be entered upon the minutes of the Council.
17 — That the members of the Council shall stand when speaking, and shall address and speak of each other in the Council during the transaction of business by their respective titles of “Mayor,” “Alderman,” or “Councillor,” as the case may be.
18 — That a seat in the Council Chamber be provided for the Borough Treasurer.
19 — That a record be kept of the attendance of members at meetings of the Council, and placed annually in a conspicuous situation in the Town Clerk’s office.
20 — That, whenever it is stated to the Mayor during the transaction of business by any member of the Council that there is not one-third of its members present, the Town Clerk shall call over the names of the members of the Council, and, if it shall appear that there is not one-third of the whole number present, the Mayor shall declare the meeting of Council at an end, and the names of those who are present and those who are absent shall be recorded upon the minutes of the Council.

COMMITTEES.

21 — That the Mayor be ex-officio a member of every committee appointed by the Council, and that the chairman of every committee be ex-officio a member of each of its Sub-committees.
22 — That each committee shall appoint its own chairman and vice-chairman, and that in all cases, where it is not otherwise specially provided, three members shall form a quorum of any committee or sub-committee.
23 — That the reports of all committees be presented to the Council in writing at each quarterly meeting, prepared or signed by their respective chairman, and, after being read and adapted, a minute of their reception shall be made in the proceedings of the Council, and such reports shall be afterwards entered in the report book. Such reports shall be sent in to the office of the Town Clerk previous to the day of issuing of the summonses for the meeting of Council at which they are to be submitted,
24 — That a record to be kept of the attendances of the members of committees and sub-committees, and that such record be presented annually to the Council at its last meeting in October and be entered in the report book.
25 — That the minutes of all committees and sub-committees be laid upon the table at every meeting of the Council.
26 — That every committee is authorised to take up all matters referred by the Council to the preceding committee which may not have been fully discharged.
27 — That the Town Clerk or clerk of committees shall convene special meetings of committees or Sub-committees on the request of the chairman or vice-chairman, or of three members.
28 — That the period of the continuance of every committee shall be until the 9th of November after appointment, unless sooner determined, and except as to such members as shall retire from office on the 1st day of November.
29 — That no committee, unless specially called by the Mayor, shall hold any meetings between the 1st and 9th days of November in each year.

MISCELLANEOUS.

30 — That every vacancy in a committee, or in any office under the Council, shall be notified by the Town Clerk to the Council at their meeting next after such vacancy, and shall be filled up by the Council, if deemed expedient.
31 — That no application, report, or recommendation, relating to the salary of, or pecuniary allowance to, any officer or person in the service of the Corporation, or on retirement therefrom, shall be taken into consideration, except upon notice given recording to Rule 3.
32 — That the Town Clerk present to the Council, at its quarterly meeting, held in November in each year, an abstract of the annual accounts made up to the 1st of September previous.
33 — That no opinion of counsel shall be taken at the expense of the Corporation, except by order of the Council, or of a committee, or, in cases of urgency, by direction of the Mayor.
34 — That there shall not be any adjournment of a quarterly meeting of the Council, unless for such business as by law can only be transacted at a quarterly meeting.
35 — That no new standing order or bye-law, or alteration or repeal of any existing standing order or bye-law, be valid or binding until confirmed by the Council at a meeting after the meeting at which it has been proposed or passed, and no proposition for such new bye-law or repeal or alteration shall be entertained, without due notice given on the notice paper that such proposition is intended to be made.
36 — That all deeds, instruments, and writings, to which the common seal of the borough shall be required to be affixed, shall be sealed in the presence of the Mayor or his deputy, or, in their absence, in the presence of the chairman or vice-chairman of the Finance or General Purposes Committee, and an entry shall be made by the Town Clerk, in a book to be provided for that purpose, of every document to which the common seal has been affixed, and the signature of the Mayor or his deputy, or of the said chairman or vice-chairman, shall be attached to each of such entries.
37 — That the Mayor or acting chairman of any meeting of Council, committee, or Sub-committee, shall have, in cases of equality of votes. a second or casting vote.
38 — That a printed copy of the standing orders and bye-laws be given to every member of the Council upon his acceptance of office.

The Town Clerk explained, in reference to the portion relating to the introduction of friends, the standing order anticipated the time when there would be a room in which the public could be accommodated with seats. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. Councillor Holliday moved that the standing orders be adopted for the government of the Council and its committees.

Mr. Councillor Hadfield seconded the motion; and it was adopted.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO COMMITTEES.

1 — Each committee is to define the duties of the several officers to be appointed in its department, unless the officer so to be appointed shall have duties in the. departments of two or more committees, in which case the Finance or General Purposes Committee shall define such duties. And such committee, as the case may be, shall recommend to the Council what amount of salary or remuneration shall be paid to such officers, and the nature and amount of security to be given by them, or any of them.
2 — Each committee is in the month of October in each year to prepare a report of its proceedings during the past year, and present the same to the Council.
3 — Each committee is to send from time to time to the Finance Committee all accounts owing in its department, passed and certified by the chairman for the time being, or reported and resolved by the committee to have been examined and found correct.
4 — That on any special occasion affecting the various committees, each committee may call a General Purposes Committee to its assistance, and that the General Purposes Committee may call any other committee or members of Council to its assistance, and such joint committees are authorised to appoint and send any deputation to act for or represent the opinion of the Council, and to allow the expenses incurred by such deputations, not exceeding their travelling fares and one guinea per day_ each for personal expenses, the object of every deputation being stated in the notices issued to convene the committees to consider as to their appointments, provided that (exceptions to the scale of expenses allowed to deputations) this regulation is not to apply to deputations appointed by the General Purposes Committee alone, with the concurrence of the Mayor or, in his absence, of his deputy, in cases of emergency.

Mr. Alderman Crowther moved the adoption of the above instructions.

Mr. Councillor Crosland seconded the motion, and it was passed.

THE WATER QUESTION.

The Mayor — Gentlemen, it is necessary that the General Purposes Committee should meet forthwith to take into consideration the water supply of the borough with a view to an application being made to Parliament in the next session, in concurrence with the Waterworks Commissioners; and it is necessary that it should be done as early as possible.

The Town Clerk said they could not tell what the General Purposes Committee might be until the committees had met and appointed their chairmen; and he suggested that the committees should meet on Tuesday for that purpose. The General Purposes Committee could meet the Waterworks Commissioners on Wednesday the 16th inst., which was the day appointed for the holding of the adjourned meeting of the Waterworks Commissioners.

Mr. Alderman Sykes — When do you expect the election of the new Councillors to take place?

Mr. Councillor H. Hirst — A week today,

Mr. Alderman Sykes — I think, if it is not late, it would be well to adjourn until then, so that the whole might be complete and correct. (Hear, hear,)

The Town Clerk. — You have no time to lose

Mr. Alderman Sykes — It is only a suggestion, Mr. Mayor, that I made. Of course, if it is urgent — very urgent — business, we must waive that.

Mr. Councillor Houghton — I beg to move that each committee meet here, as has been suggested by the Town Clerk, on Tuesday evening next.

Mr. Councillor Varley seconded the motion.

Mr. Alderman Crawshaw — Without going into matters of detail, I think we have power to deal with the question at one

The Town Clerk pointed out the importance of appointing as chairman and vice-chairmen gentlemen who would be permanent members of the General Purposes Committee.

Mr. Alderman Crawshaw — I thought we had only to meet the Waterworks Commissioners to have some conversation on the subject, without taking any active steps.

Mr. Alderman Mellor — It is better that you should have one committee formed at once; and it should have the management of the entire business in question.

The Mayor — I quite think you ought to constitute the committee in the regular form as you intend to go on,

Mr. Councillor Robson — The only difficulty I see in the matter is this — that we cannot tell who the chairmen of the respective committees will be. I think it is very important that in this matter, of water supply, the committee, however it is composed, should be composed of men who are well conversant with the matter, and who are really likely to carry it out efficiently. It might be the case that all the chairmen are likely to be men of that description.

The Mayor — I presume that you will appoint men who will be up to the mark.

Mr. Councillor Benson — Would it not be well to have the names of the committee before us before we make the selection?.

The Mayor — We all admit there is great urgency for this matter; and we also think the selection should be made in the very best form, so as to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion as to what should be done; and the gentlemen who are deputed should be of such a character as will carry some weight with the Waterworks Commissioners, and get them to urge on the business.

The Town Clerk — I don’t think it would be wise to change the committee in the middle of the question. The committee who begun it, should be the committee to go on with it. The General Purposes Committee, being composed of the chairmen and vice-chairmen of each committee, you will naturally suppose that they will be the two best men of each committee.

Mr. Alderman Priestley — I think the only way is to take the suggestion of our town clerk. Let the committees meet on Tuesday night to appoint chairmen and vice-chairmen, and then we have the material to work at once.

After some further talk, the motion that the committees meet on Tuesday evening was put, and carried.

The Mayor said the resolution before the Council was:—

That the General Purposes Committee do meet forthwith to take up the question of the water supply in the borough with a view to making an application to Parliament thereon during the next session in concurrence with the Waterworks Commissioners.

Who would kindly move and second that motion?

Mr. Alderman berry moved the resolution.

Mr. Councillor Hattersley seconded the motion; and it was carried.

TRANSFER OF POWERS AND ESTATES.

The Town Clerk said the next business had reference to the transfer of the powers of the Improvement Commissioners. The statute said that no such transfer (the transfer by deed) should be made or take effect unless and until the Council of the borough have resolved that a meeting shall have been held to accept the transfer. It would want a special meeting convening for the purpose of considering the transfer by deed of the powers, property, and estates of the Huddersfield Improvement Commissioners, and to take such step thereon as might be deemed expedient.

The Mayor — The adoption of a resolution to that effect necessitates a meeting of the Improvement Commissioners; and it is most desirable that such a meeting should be held with as little delay as possible, because of two or three important questions — such as this — and, therefore, we hope those who are members of the Improvement Commission will take steps, as early as possible, so as to bring this to an issue.

Mr. Councillor Appleton — Shall we not require an accountant to settle the accounts before we are in possession of the transfer? Shall we not require the same thing from the out-districts as from the Improvement Commissioners?

The Town Clerk said the out-districts had already been handed over by the Charter of Incorporation.

Mr. Councillor Appleton — I presume it will be on certain conditions that they are handed over,

The Town Clerk — No, they are simply handed over.

Mr. Councillor Appleton — Without any balance sheet?

The Town Clerk — The Local Boards of Lockwood, Almondbury, Newsome, and the others which have been incorporated, remained in force until Monday last, and, by operation of the law they are transferred without any balance sheet; but the transfer of the Improvement Commissioners’ powers is required to be done by deed.

Mr. Councillor Appleton — Then that is, the councillors must accept them just as they stand and all their duties?

The Town Clerk — All their duties and obligations,

Mr. Councillor Appleton — Without any account, balance sheet, or anything else?

The Town Clerk — There is nothing to prevent you from having an accountant to examine the accounts of the Local Board. It is, perhaps, necessary.

Mr. Councillor Appleton — I for one should object to take them on those conditions.

Mr. Alderman Crawshaw — I suppose there is no objection to accept the cash balances, if there are any. (Laughter.)

Mr. Alderman Priestley — I conclude we have direction in this matter. The Act of Parliament directs us what we are to do, and what we are not to do. The law commands — it does not do otherwise — and I should recommend that, as soon as possible the Board of Improvement Commissioners hand over their powers to the new organised Corporation; and if it could be done by Wednesday next, I should suggest that it be done.

The Town Clerk — It cannot be done.

Mr. Alderman Priestley — The sooner we have done with two bodies, the better.

The Mayor — Allow me to mention one of the things that is very pressing with respect to this transfer — that is this: At present we have an improvement organisation of police; but the number is restricted. By change of circumstances, the boundary will have to be enlarged, and the number of police will have to be increased. (Hear, hear.) Unless you take immediate steps what will be the consequence? You will have to adopt the county police, and all the expense and difficulties that attend it — for I must tell you the county police are put in house and part of their rent paid out of the county rates — and you will be involved in extra expense; whereas, under the Corporation, you will wish to avoid that, and appoint your own officers from the extra number actually required. Then, again, you will have to come to some decision about the number, whether it should be 55 or 72. If you adopt the rule that has generally been in operation, then you are to take one in 1,000; and, by so doing, you entitle yourselves to the Government allowance. However, if you think fit, organise a plan, and get the thing into operation. The superintendent of police (Mr. Withers) has laid before me a statement, showing that you can either adopt the 55 scale or the 72 scale; but, if you adopt the smaller one, you do not get the allowance. If you adopt the larger one you get it for less than you get the 55; and there will be a saving of £68 per annum, according to the scale. Therefore, it is very important that we get a footing, and get it as soon as a possible; but you cannot do that until all those other adjuncts of it are settled.

Mr. Alderman Priestley — How soon will the deed be prepared which will be necessary to transfer the powers from the Improvement Commissioners to the hands of the corporation?

The Town Clerk — The deed is already prepared in draft, but it will have to be settled by the Council. I should like it submitted to the Council. It has been prepared under Mr. Manisty’s advice. Mr. Manisty’s opinion was taken on the question of the transfer. There was some doubt expressed by the Incorporation Committee about it. There was a case in the South of England where the deed had been set aside, or a rate held to be invalid, and the Incorporation Committee thought it would be well to take the opinion of Mr. Manisty, who was counsel in the case, and he advised that it was & proper case for transfer by deed. I therefore prepared the deed, but I have not yet submitted it to the Council. There is plenty of time to do so, because, after this Council have met and resolved to accept it, the Improvement Commissioners will have to be convened again, in order to confirm their previous resolution authorising the execution of the deed. Any five Improvement Commissioners can request me to summon a meeting of the Board any day, and there are eleven Improvement Commissioners members of this Council.

Mr. Alderman Priestley — Then you cannot do anything at present in the matter?

The Town Clerk — You can fix a day when the Council should pass a resolution to accept the transfer.

The Mayor — The urgency is very great, for this reason — because, unless this matter is completed in such a form as will put us in shape and order in three weeks, you will defeat the object you have in view.

Mr. Councillor Dale — Are the county police expected to be withdrawn?

The Mayor — I may state, after this Council meeting has broken up, the Watch Committee will be requested to remain behind, so as to come to the issue as to the course to be adopted; I understand Colonel Cobbe will only be too glad for us to accept all his officers, just as they are, and he can so relieve ns from all consequences. The dates of the houses occupied by the county men expire about the middle of October, so that everything points to the matter being completed at as early a period as you can complete it. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. Alderman Mellor — The question to be decided is as to the day the Council should meet for the discussion of the question.

The Mayor — The Town Clerk has appointed a day when he thinks the Improvement Commissioners will meet and resolve upon the question.

The Town Clerk — The Improvement Commissioners will have to meet after you. The Improvement Commissioners at their last Board meeting postponed the confirmation of this until the Council had accepted the transfer.

Mr. Alderman Crosland — I would suggest we take it into consideration next Tuesday night.

The Town Clerk — That is too early. I must have time to issue the notices three clear days before the meeting.

After some conversation, in which it was suggested that the Council meet on Saturday,

The Mayor said — The councillors will be elected on Saturday. Take it on Monday; and you will have the Council complete.

Mr. Alderman Mellor moved that the Council meet or, Monday week to consider the question of transfer.

Mr. Councillor Houghton seconded the motion and it was adopted.

Mr. Councillor Crosland moved that the seal he affixed to the minutes.

The resolution was seconded by Mr. Councillor A.B. Haigh.

Mr. Councillor Robinson — Before we separate, I should like to say a word with regard to the balance sheets from the out townships and the different local boards. Although I understand we receive them just as they are, I think it is incumbent on the local boards to prepare balance sheets, in order that everything may be clear and straightforward before this Corporation receives them. 1 merely throw out the hint to the different local boards.

The Mayor — The hint ought to he conveyed to the Finance Committee, because they will have to deal with that question; and it is one of the earliest questions they must deal with. We want to make the transfer pleasant, and legitimate, and act properly with all parties; and we hope they will reciprocate that kindly feeling. If so, we shall have no difficulty in the question.

The resolution was then passed; and the meeting terminated.

The Watch Committee held a meeting to consider the arrangements for the enlargement of the police force.

Huddersfield Chronicle (19/Sep/1868) - Inauguration of the Town Council: Second Meeting

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